around town today

various times: looking for places to watch tonight’s presidential debate between hillary clinton and donald trump? here are (mostly boozy) roundups from am new york, brokelyn, and murph guide. drink up. you’re gonna need it.

4pm doors, 5pm show: watch the metropolitan opera’s season opener, wagner’s tristan und isolde, for free in time square, where it will be streamed live on multiple screens. first come, first served seating will be available, but prepare to settle in- the production lasts 4 hours 47 minutes. broadway plaza bet. 46th + 47th sts. >>

6:30pm (monthly): at the speaking of science series, researcher herb klitzer discusses what social robots teach us about empathy and compassion. new york society for ethical culture (uws), $10. >>

6:30pm: former nasa astronaut dan barry, veteran of three space flights and four spacewalks, gives a presentation on the future of space exploration. cooper hewitt, $15 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm (+ 9/27, 9/28): san franciso ‘outsider’ musician doug hream blunt performs a series of shows with teenage cover band clover + the clockworks, the rapture’s luke jenner, joakim, and more. various locations, free-$3. >>

7pm: learn how to stay healthy while embracing the seasonal transition to colder weather with tips from nutritional healing coach inga byinkina. new york open center (midtown east), free with $5 purchase at the café. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by brian parise, drew dowdey, lucas connolly, and james hamilton. hosted by carolyn busa. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the 14th annual music mondays ensemble concert series opens the season with dover quartet performing beethoven, shaw, and shostakovich. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): jean grae guest hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), adam cayton-holland (conan), naomi ekperigin (broad city writer), zach reinert, abby rosenquist, and dj donwill. littlefield (gowanus), $$5 adv, $8 dos. >>

8pm: free outdoor movies: the breakfast club and rock ‘n’ roll high school. our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>

8pm (monthly thru 12/12): ifc’s queer/art/film series returns for the fall season with a 35mm screening of the incredibly true adventures of two girls in love (1995), followed by a discussion with actress/playwright donnetta lavinia grays. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $10 seniors. >>

8pm (thru 10/8): see world-renowned dance companies perform for just $15 at new york city center’s 13th annual fall for dance festival. >>

10:30pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up sci-fi movies with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: the matrix. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/27 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the pop-up concert series at columbia university miller theatre begins the season with ensemble yarn/wire with andrew mcintosh. bonus: free drinks. free admission. >>

9/27 6-9pm (thru 10/8): 21 female artists address self-portraiture through photography, painting, tapestry, collage, mixed media, and video at the ’self reflection’ group show. opening reception tonight. the untitled space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

9/27 6:30pm: are trump, sanders, and brexit all signs of ideological crises to come? talking points memo editor-at-large john b. judis discusses how the great recession transformed american and european politics with his new book, the populist explosion. civic hall (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

9/27 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: beach slang plays a free in-store performance at rough trade (williamsburg) before their sold out show at 9pm. >>

9/27 7pm: photographer gail albert halaban explores the tension between public and private life in ‘vis-à-vis,’ a series of photographs looking into parisian apartments from the outside. sva (flatiron), free. >>

9/27 7pm: author sebastian junger (the perfect storm) explores the human instinct to seek something bigger than ourselves in a discussion on his new book, tribe: on homecoming and belonging. the half king (chelsea), free. >>

9/27 7pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: estelle tang ( culture editor), collier meyerson (fusion), jasmine gibson (mask magazine), nona willis aronowitz (girldrive), leopoldine core (when watched), muna mire (new york timest), and charlotte shane (prostitute laundry). word bookstore (greenpoint), free. >>

9/27 7pm: filmmaker tim burton and author ransom riggs chat and sign copies of the movie tie-in version of miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed starting at 9am to those with proof of purchase from this location. >>

9/27 7pm (+9/29, 9/30): banned books be damned at these free banned books week events: an open mic at housing works (9/27) and a censorship cabaret at drama book shop (9/29, 9/30). >>

9/27 7pm: test your political trivia knowledge at the big quiz thing’s election trivia game show. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

9/27 7pm (weekly thru 11/1): the stranger than fiction documentary series puts the spotlight on jonathan demme this season, starting with his talking heads concert film stop making sense and demme q+a following all screenings. ifc center (west village), $17. >>

9/27 7:30pm (+ 9/28): sinking ship productions presents a hunger artist, a solo show adaptation of franz kafka’s story of the same name using puppetry, toy theatre, and physical theatre. new ohio theatre (west village), $12. >>

9/27 8pm (monthly): the snap impression game show podcast pits comedians against each other to see who can do the best off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages. tonight: dylan marron (welcome to the night vale), jo firestone (womanhood,, punderdome 3000), nick turner (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), casey jost (impractical jokers), and guest judge geoff garlock (adult swim). hosted by andy beckerman and ramsey ess. ucb (east village), $5. >>

9/27 8pm (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which includes stand-up from josh gondelman (this week tonight), mitra jouhari (full frontal with samantha bee), erik bergstrom (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), and khalid a. rahmaan (the nation). free. >>

9/27 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): at this month’s backfat comedy/variety show, last comic standing meets the bachelorette, where ‘backfatlorette’ katelyn decides between single dude comedians. hosted by emily winter, john payne and larry mancini. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

9/27 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): shonali bhowmik and guest co-host jordan clifford host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of their we don’t even know podcast. with guests comedian tessa claire hersh, 20-time moth storyslam champion adam wade, and singer-songwriter yazan fahmawi. hifi bar (alphabet city), free. >>

9/27-11/5: the french comics association presents the inaugural french comics framed festival, highlighting the best work of francophone comics artists and graphic novelists. various locations, most events are free. >>

ticket deals

cheap tickets are now available for the 12th annual new york television festival (10/24-29), including conversations and/or sneak previews with lena dunham + jennifer konner (10/27), jon glaser + rachel dratch (10/25), and many more. $4.50 adv, free at the door if still available. >>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 9/29-10/2 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>

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